The social network says it is introducing a new default profile photo a gender neutral silhouette in a bid to prompt more self-expression
Twitter is abandoning its default egg avatar in a bid to shake its association with trolls.
For the past seven years, new Twitter accounts have been assigned a profile picture of an egg a playful reference to the sites bird logo.
But on Friday the social network announced that it would be introducing default profile photos in a bid to prompt more self-expression, and to break free of the association with abuse and trolling on the platform.
Some people had retained the default egg profile photo because they thought it was fun and cute, read a blog post circulated by Twitters product design and research team.
The new default profile photo a generic head-and-shoulders silhouette would feel more like an empty state or placeholder to encourage users to upload their own images, it said.
The default egg profile photo had also become stigmatised because of its prominence among accounts created only to harass others.